After changing owners a few times, it is now a tourist attraction with a gift shop, trading post, general store, petting zoo, a 12-minute tour of the 14 room house with fireplace and 65 ft chimney carved in the rock.
Wilson Arch is on the eastern side of US Hwy 191, 24 miles south of Moab, Utah and visible from the highway. It is natural sandstone, span is 91 feet (28 m) and height is 46 feet (14 m), elevation is 6,150 feet (1,870 m).
|Early morning in Monticello, Utah.|
|Pagosa Springs, a stop before heading into the mountains.|
Internet: Wolf Creek Pass is a high mountain on the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Elevation 10,857 feet / 3309 metres. The Pass is significantly steep on either side – 6.8% maximum grade and very dangerous in winter. There are two runaway truck ramps on the westbound side for truckers that lose control of their brakes.
“Wolf Creek Pass” is sung by C. W. McCall from 1975 – it describes it as “37 miles o’ hell – which is up on the Great Divide”. In the song, two truckers drive an out of control 1948 Peterbilt westbound on US 160 to Pagosa Springs – a 5,000 foot (1500 metre) drop in elevation.
From 2011 to 2015 - 49 trucks have crashed on the west side of the Pass, most occur on the switchback curve near the overlook.
The first tine we have driven on this highway. We were not loaded heavy, but still a slow drive in a semi. Lots of motorcycles and bicycles were on it, and it was warm weather. Fantastic scenery!
|The highway we just drove up!|
|The summit of Wolf Creek Pass.|
|Stopped for lunch in Monte Vista, Colorado.|
|Highway closed because of smoke from wildfires.|
|Florida concrete with shells.|
Saturday afternoon, we took the Moto Guzzi Bassa for a ride to the Beachside Brew Pub, it was the Second Anniversary of their opening. There was a party atmosphere, with two food trucks and additional outside seating. Some storm clouds in the west, but it did not rain.
Early on Tuesday morning, 10 July, Jim and I went in the car to Lehigh Acres, east of Fort Myers in southwest Florida. Friends from Australia were visiting their relatives there. We met them at a Perkins Restaurant and Bakery for a great lunch (great food there!). So good to see Jim and Darlene in our neck of the woods, we had a great visit with them!
It was a 4 ½ hour drive for us – but definitely worth it, and we planned a two day ‘getaway’ with it.
In 2013 Reader's Digest held a readers survey and Lake Placid, Florida was voted "The Most Interesting Town in America".
The town has two nicknames Town of Murals, and The Caladium Capital of the World.
Lake Placid has 49 murals painted on buildings throughout the town; and 95% of the world's caladium bulbs are grown in the area.
They host an annual Caladium Festival held on the last weekend of July - the town was gearing up for that a couple of weeks from when we were there.
History: Lake Placid has seen its share of prominent and influential people. Dr. Melvil Dewey, the creator of the Dewey Decimal System (the Library Catalog Method) is the most famous. In 1895 Mr. Dewey built a summer resort for his affluent friends at Lake Placid, New York. About 35 years later, Dewey discovered a perfect place for a winter resort for the same exclusive group of friends - in Lake Steams, Florida. He loved all 29 freshwater lakes, the citrus groves, the wildlife, the rolling hills, and the mild winter weather. But he didn't like the name, so in 1927 he persuaded the Florida Legislature to change it to Lake Placid. Mr. Dewey built the Lake Placid Club to mirror the one at Lake Placid, New York.
After checking into a motel, Jim and I went for a drive around the town. Found happy hour at Jaxon's on the Lake, then had dinner at Dock 633. Then a drive around Lake Placid in the evening.
I took some photos of the murals Tuesday evening: -
The murals on the side of buildings around Lake Placid tell the story of historical events and people of Lake Placid.
|Mural and caladiums in the main street of Lake Placid, Florida - mural is titlesd Lake Placid Country Fair.|
|Mural title: Richard Archbold & Archbold Biological Station.|
|American Clown Museum & School.|
The motel was south of the town - a couple of interesting things on the way - a dead tree that had a large nest; and an old tourist attraction advertising pineapple juice.
Along US Highway 27 the abandoned pineapple plantation and Plantation Paradise gift shop and fruit stand. Its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s when the highway bought many tourists past it. Obviously been closed for several years.
The motel was lovely, old style Florida.
Another photo of the old pineapple - there is moss and a birds nest in the 'crown'.
|Saw several of these clown seats - great photo spots! This is "Mumbles", a local.|
|Interesting bicycle rack.|
Toby's Clown School - Lake Placid boasts more clowns per capita than any other town in Florida. These three clowns live in Lake Placid, graduates of Toby's Clown School. Clown styles are Auguste (German), White Face (English), and Hobo (American).
Rare Resident Florida Panther. There are approximately 100 panthers alive in the wild, an endangered species in Florida.
There is also a train museum nearby.
|Part of Our Citrus Heritage mural.|
Close ups of Our Citrus History - Spanish explorers bringing oranges to Florida.
There are more than 27 freshwater lakes in Highland County. All the lakes are connected with the famous Florida aquifer, and also connect by rivers, creeks and ditches. Bass tournament weigh-ins regularly measure fish over 18 inches long and 6 to 9 pounds are not uncommon.
|Bassin'. 3D effect, the bass seems to be leaping out of the wall.|
|Outside the Visitor Centre - trash bin and caladiums.|
|Two weeks until the Annual Caladium Festival - boxes of t-shirts and hats.|
The mural below is on the side of the Visitor Centre.
Town Of Murals - How It All Began. Bob and Harriet Porter, founders of Lake Placid Mural Society. Tourism has increased over the past 20+ years, impacting the local economy.
In this mural, Bob and Harriet look back on 20 years of the Society's history.
In 2013, Lake Placid won the title of "America's Most Interesting Town," in a nation-wide search by Reader's Digest Magazine. This mural is intended to represent all murals and artists past and future. To convey this theme, some existing murals, paint cans, paint brush, and an unfinished portion are incorporated in the mural.
|Another one of The Turpentine Industry.|
He had the first certified Red Cross station in the area and instructed Red Cross first aid, and water safety. He was also the town's first Boy Scout scoutmaster.
The town is one and a half miles square and has approximately 1800 residents. Nestled in the centre of the State in the rolling hills of Highlands County.
Caladium Fields. The caladium is not native to Florida, the first bulbs were bought from the Amazon River Valley on South America and planted near Lake Placid more than 50 years ago.
There is a lovely Rotary Park between the Birding murals.
One place we definitely wanted to visit was Toby's Clown School and Museum. It started in 1980 with Toby's desire to spread smiles, love and laughter. The positive effect it had on the community was amazing. Soon hospitals and organisations began requesting his special talent. The demand was far greater than one man could fulfill - hence Toby's Clown School was born. Toby's brand of "clown medicine" can be seen coast to coast, and the 1,600 + graduates range from 8 to 96 years of age!
Lake Placid, today has more clowns per capita than any other town in the world!
|The Clown School Library.|
Interesting to find clown murals in unusual places in the town of Lake Placid, This one is in a small gap between two buildings. There are 27 Clown cutouts in the town.
Many clown cut outs on the fence of the Lake Placid school.
Some of the interesting artistic trash containers, there are 17 unique ones.
Cracker Trail drives travelled just north of Lake Placid on their way to market. At that time there were no roads. Cattle would lose 200 to 300 pounds on a drive - they were lean. The drive took 3 to 3 weeks. The life of the Florida cowmen was not easy as they battled the heat, insects and storms. The name "cracker" comes from the cracking of the whips the cowmen carried to keep the herd together. Registered brands on the cattle belong to Highland County cattlemen. Highlands County produces a lot of beef cattle
Birds Around Town. Brightly painted bird plaques, all indigenous to Lake Placid, are all over the business section of town. Over four dozen of these circular paintings.
We left Lake Placid mid afternoon and headed back to Daytona Beach. This is the landscape we travelled through.
We stopped in the town of Okeechobee.
Note: The town of Okeechobee is located on the northern edge of Lake Okeechobee (Florida’s “inland sea”.)
In the main street is Hamrick Butterfly Garden. A four sectioned garden with red, white, blue, and yellow flowering plants. Low maintenance plants adapted to the Okeechobee area were chosen to attract butterflies. Nine butterfly sculptures were added last month, so this is a new attraction. The butterflies were designed and painted by local artists, Okeechobee High School students and residents at an assisted living facility.
Stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co. in Okeechobee. We wanted a local restaurant - this was a great find! Great decor, the meal was excellent as well.
Website: The rustic décor features photos and paintings of local ranches and ranch families. Each table is named and decorated with their individual brands. It doesn’t get any more down-home and downright delicious than this! Cowboys serves great food, provides fantastic Southern-style hospitality, and showcases old Florida’s colourful cowboy heritage. Cowboys also features the Whiskey River Saloon.
Research: Cattle have been an important part of Okeechobee’s economy since the first settlers arrived in the Big Lake area over 100 years ago. Modern Okeechobee County is still cattle country. It is listed as one of the top three counties in Florida with the most cattle, and among the Top 10 in the country.Florida Cracker Trail is a 120-mile long cattle path that passes through Okeechobee County. The trail is now designated by signs to remind locals and visitors that historical state-wide drives once took place along the route.
Saturday afternoon 7 July, our neighbour/friend, Diane and I walked to the Bandshell and the Boardwalk for the summer concert - a Journey tribute band. It was crowded.
Every day was hot and humid - with storms most afternoons. Driving east over Granada Blvd. bridge in Ormond Beach just after a storm..
The Tomoka Brewery has been open now for 5 years and we had not been there for a long time. Great beer and food. Discovered that they have a Bartenders School in the back.
|It was interesting to have 'motor' decor in Lulu's.|
Driving east across Main Street, photo of International Speedway Boulevard Bridge.
Back to work on Thursday, 19th - left Daytona beach early to load a forklift and a skidsteer at JCB in Pooler, Georgia.
|Pooler, Georgia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York.|
Jim's niece, Karen and family live near Loyalsock, Pennsylvania. Her husband, Matt arranged for us to park the whole rig at the local school. It was summer vacation, and the parking lot was empty.
Saturday evening dinner, we were treated to a local restaurant, the Crippled Bear Inn. A fabulous place! Deer heads and bear skins on the walls. Antler lights. Great food and very enjoyable.
Matt, Karen and family had plans for the Sunday, Jim and I left mid morning and got to Rochester, New York mid afternoon and Teri and Stephen picked us up at the truckstop. This truckstop was close to the city, and we had to be parked early before it filled up.
Jim and I had not been to downtown Rochester, so it was all new and interesting.
The Genesee Brew House opened in 2012, is part of the 100 year old Genesee Brewery building. 2018 is the 140th year of brewing Genesee Beer. A big celebration all year long!
The Brew House features interactive exhibits, memorabilia, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurant - on three levels! So much history displayed for one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in America.
|LtoR: Lesley, Jim, Teri, and Stephen.|
After lunch, we required a walk. The Genesee Brewery is beside the Genesee River and High Falls.(96 feet, 29 metres) are one of three voluminous waterfalls on the Genesee River, that flow through the city of Rochester, New York.
The High Falls area was the site of much of Rochester’s early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water.
diverts water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries (like Genesee Brewery). Today the water is used to produce hydroelectric power. Great views of the high Falls and the gorge can be seen from the bridge.
19th century Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge spans the Genesee River. It was a lovely walk across it to the historic district of Rochester. The district comprises 19th century industrial buildings built of brick and stone and ranging from one to six stories. Also, in the district is the mill race.
Back to the truck for us, that was a fun visit, we didn't give Stephen and Teri much notice that we had some spare time in Rochest. Luckily, they could fit us in for an adventure!
An early start Monday to deliver the forklift to United Rentals in Rochester, then to Endicott, NY to load pipe at National Pipe and Plastics Inc.
An early start Monday to deliver the forklift to United Rentals in Rochester, then to Endicott, NY to load pipe at National Pipe and Plastics Inc.
|Endicott, New York to Lebanon, Tennessee.|
The delivery in Lebanon, Tennessee stopped receiving at 2pm, so we laid over Tuesday night 24 July, at a small truckstop about a half hour away. Had to park beside the railway tracks! Good thing there were no high speed trains running during the night!
The blue pipe delivered to Perma-Pipe in Lebanon, Tennessee (outside Nashville). They put insulation around the outside of it, then resell it.
South to Trinity, Alabama to load Thursday. Waiting outside Jemison Metal, two groups of Canada Geese wandered down the road. They started grazing on the green grass.
Loaded some flat steel that had to be tarped. Very sharp edges and corners tear the tarp, so we cover them with old carpet and use edge protectors so the straps don't get cut. A bit of work, but easier than patching tarps and throwing staps away!
|Sunrise north of Columbus, Ohio on the way north - foggy as well.|
|Trinity, Alabama to Erie, Pennsylvania.|
Friday just after lunch, the flat steel delivered to GE Transportation in Erie, PA. They make train engines. Then deadhead to Buffalo for the weekend. Caught up with friends at Varysburg Hotel for a Western NY Friday Fish Fry.
Sunday was the Alden Car Show - Bob was there with his 1957 Ford retractable. Always an interesting couple of hours spent there, it had been a few years since we had attended. Fabulous cars on display.
|Found out later that this 1987 Camaro is a friend's husbands and he won a prie!|
The Swap Meet area has interesting car, motorcycle items - the pair of chairs made of deer antlers was different!
A big variety of cars. Weather was still stormy, but we met with Bob and Janice at 5 pm and went to Ebeneezers Ale House for a fabulous dinner and lots of laughs. Got back with out getting wet the whole weekend!
We left Joe and Michele's Monday morning to load in Niagara Falls, New York. It was a wide load - over 12 inches both sides - two barge sections from Sevenson Environmental, we had loaded there before. Some state permits were taking longer than usual to be issued, so after we loaded we left the trailer at Sevenson and got a motel room for the night. Permits were in Tuesday morning, so we could leave early.
|All the signage, flags, etc for an oversize load.|